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cameron said he will be missed as a spiritual leader for millions. >>> and from angela merkel -- he had to make a difficult decision. just some of the reaction that's coming in today. joining mess is rome bureau chief claudio lavagna, and george weigel from washington. claudio, i want to start with you. we have part of the pope's statement. in it he said that both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength in the last few months has deteriorated to me to the extend i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry. with hindsight being 20/20, had there been any rumors that something like this was coming? >> reporter: we possibly benedict xvi even hinted at it himself, he said if he felt his strength and his body wasn't up to speed to comply with the duties that were -- that are expected of a pontiff, and very heavy duties like traveling around, attending ceremonies, working nonstop. at 85, that's tiring for everybody, for any man his age, let alone a pontiff and the pope and leader of 1 billion catholics around the world, but nobody really believed that wou
at the national review, here with me in new york city angela rye, good to see you as well, former executive director of the black caucus and chris smith, contributing editor at "new york" magazine. thanks for being here. >> thanks for having us. >> robert, we'll start with you down there in d.c. as we've been reporting the obama administration is preparing an immigration plan of its own. that plan could call for an eight-year path to citizenship. how are republicans reacting to this so far? >> the initial reaction from republicans, they are quite unhappy with the white house leaking this. the key to watch is how senator marco rubio floored a response. he's looking for an enforcement trigger and if the president doesn't include enforcement a lot of republicans are going to walk. >> rubio did have a response. this legislation is half-baked an seriously flawed. if actually proposed, the president's bill would be dead on arrival in congress. angela rounds, what do you make of that? >> a whole lot. first and foremost the fact that it's in draft form and it's a proposal to say that it's dead on a
that the country's first black president was sworn into president for a second term. angela rod, director of impact strat justice and former executive director of the black caucus. it's good to see you. >> good to see you, too, craig. >> the president caught some flak about his first term, some lawmakers saying he did not do enough specifically for people that look like you and me. ma maxine waters, i want to talk about her. >> the congressional black caucus blasts the president, too. we're supportive of the president, but we getting tired, y'all. we want to give him every opportunity, but our people are hurting. >> he was talking specifically about the unemployment rate in the black community, which is and has always been a bit higher than that in the white community. how is the president faring right now specifically with black voters? >> well, with this past election, we saw over 90% of african-americans supporting the president. i think that our community certainly believes that the president -- it was better than the alternative at that time. to the congressman's point that you just played, af
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